Chemical engineering graduate student receives safety scholarship

Serdar Ozturk, a graduate student in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 Lamiya Zahin Memorial Safety Scholarship.Ozturk, who is conducting his graduate studies under the auspices of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC), received the scholarship for his essay "Safety Innovations: A Must or a Luxury?" He was presented the scholarship at the center's annual international symposium.The scholarship was established by MKOPSC and the department of chemical engineering to honor the memory of Lamiya Zahin, the daughter of chemical engineering graduate student Saquib Ejaz. Zahin died from injuries sustained in an explosion and fire in a university apartment on the Texas A&M campus in 2004. Ejaz's mother also died from injuries sustained in the accident.Each year Texas A&M graduate students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship by writing an essay on the topic of safety innovations in research projects.